San Jacinto College’s Women’s Basketball Head Coach Brenita Jackson was named the National Junior College Athletic Association Region XIV Coach of the Year after a remarkable turnaround season in which the team went from 3-27 last year to 23-9 this season.
“I am very humbled by the honor and excited to see all of our hard work recognized by my peers,” commented Jackson, now in her second year as coach of the San Jacinto College program. “It really means a lot because there were several coaches who could have won it, and the league was as deep as I have seen in years.”
The team was ranked nationally for much of the season appearing as high as ninth in the NJCAA Division I Women’s Basketball poll in early January. It qualified for the regional tournament for the first time since 2011, advancing to the semifinal round before being eliminated by the defending national champions Trinity Valley Junior College.
Three players earned honors for their accomplishments during the 2014-2015 season. The team’s leading scorer, sophomore guard Kendra Howard (Dallas / Cedar Hill High School), who averaged 15.5 points per game, was named to the All-Region Team. Freshman guard Miranda LeJune (Pearland / Pearland High School), who led the nation in assists with 8.1 per game, was named to the All-Conference Team and earned the Region XIV Co-Freshman of the Year honor. Freshman forward Kaelynn Wilson (San Antonio / Wagner High School) earned All-Conference Honorable Mention recognition.
Coach Jackson described the turnaround season as “truly a blessing to experience.” “I am very proud of our team’s dedication and relentless effort to buy in to winning on the court, in the classroom, and in life,” she commented. “To go from 3-27 to 23-9 is outstanding. We finished the season nationally ranked, advanced to the semi-finals at the regional tournament, and established ourselves as an elite team in this country.”
For more information about the San Jacinto College women’s basketball program, please visit sanjacsports.com.
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, San Jacinto College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of approximately 30,000 credit students. The College offers 186 degrees and certificates, with 46 technical programs and a university transfer division. Students benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success, and job training programs that are renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.